This new year, teachers can broaden their horizons without ever leaving their desks. Examiner recommends 3 educational web sites with state-of-the art tools and resources that are free for teachers only, and highly recommended by DC educators and parents.
‘Prezi’.com is recommended for teachers by Jeff Meade of the Smithsonian Mobile Learning Institute in DC. This user-friendly, multimedia presentation software is state-of-the-art, and licensed free for educators only. Build a stunning, free ‘Prezume’ or portfolio, like this one by DCPS Public Schools Examiner.
Design dynamic lesson presentations with sound, music, movement, and many other engaging features, to thrill and inspire your students, or produce a super-simple but spectacular visual presentation.
Organize all of your media in one place. Read important articles on Education. These software programs and tools cost more than $150.00 a year for non-educators. Sign up for free by using the e-mail from your educational institution.
Common Sense Media: for navigating around controversial issues in the classroom and sorting through the good materials and the junk, Examiner recommends signing up for a free membership. Get media and technology advice. Watch educational videos.
Join the ‘Common Classroom: A Community for Common Sense Educators’ with free media and digital resources for teachers. Blog and network with other DC teachers, and educators around the globe. View the must-watch video about explaining the news to children.
Find out more about topics like digital citizenship for students, cyber-bullying, inappropriate texting and keeping students safe on the Internet. Examiner found an auspicious recommendation by a DC parent for the following programs on Common Sense Media.
Smithsonian Education for Educators and Smithsonian Education for Students online. Smithsonian Education for Educators includes free resources for teachers, homeschoolers and parents of students.
One DC parent wrote:
‘Parents need to know that Smithsonian Education Students is a treasure trove of resources for kids who are interested in all sorts of topics like history, science, and cultures, or for kids who are looking for information on a specific subject for a school report. There are games, articles, experiments, a searchable resource library, and more to explore here. For kids who live close to Washington, D.C., or are soon to visit, there’s also a ton of information on this site about the current exhibits and events of special interest to kids at the Smithsonian museums.’
Be sure to explore all of the amazing, free resources for teachers at the Smithsonian Institute.